Friday, December 15, 2006

Click Here To Restart Your Car

Analogous usability between General Motors and Microsoft ...

"I just saw the very funny usability video called ‘Lexus Self-Parking “Usability” Test‘ (via Matthew Oliphant).

Car manufactures stuff more and more electronic gear into our ‘intelligent’ cars - But how does that effect the user experience? The fellas in the video are not impressed. They even get into a fight over how to operate the interface correctly.

This got me thinking of the story about GM vs. Microsoft that have been going around the internet for many years now. But just in case you haven’t read it yet or if you would like to re-discover it, here it is:

Microsoft vs. General Motors
At a recent computer expo, Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated “If GM had kept up with technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon.

In response to Bill’s comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:

1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.
2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.
3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this."    (Continued via justaddwater)    [Usability Resources]

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